|5 years ago :: Aug 28, 2009 - 10:22PM #1|
Just like people all over the world, people in china traditionally associate luck with various things and numbers.
As a rule in day-to-day life in china, it is customary to regard even numbers as being more auspicious than odd numbers. In china, traditionally gifts are given as a part of the celebration for all occasions. Thus, guests will always give even-numbered presents. As the number two (er), usually suggests germination and harmony, at wedding celebrations, decorations are invariably setout in pairs: a pair of red candles, a pair of pillows, and couplets hung on two sides of the hall. Six, pronounced as "liu", conveys indirectly its homophony's meaning-Do everything smoothly; and eight, "ba" in Chinese has a similar sound to "fa" , which means to make a fortune.
All business men favor this number very much. However four, is the exception to the even number rule as it sounds like "si" (death). So when people choose car license tags, phone numbers, and room numbers, they try to avoid it.
For odd numbers, seven implies anger and abandon, but nine, sometimes means longevity and eternality. Master Li changed his birth date in order to tell his followers that his birthday is the birthday of the founder of the Buddhism. His action is like most of Chinese minds and he want to cater for the needs of his.